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Formed in 1971 in Guildford, Surrey, UK - Disbanded in 1984 - Reformed from 1991 to 2003 and again since 2013

The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter BARDENS CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player Richard SINCLAIR.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.95 | 1404 ratings
Camel
1973
4.41 | 2869 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.30 | 2443 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.39 | 2448 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.64 | 1047 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.17 | 868 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.92 | 755 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.63 | 822 ratings
Nude
1981
2.65 | 536 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.45 | 748 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.64 | 557 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.75 | 662 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.08 | 922 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.96 | 742 ratings
A Nod and a Wink
2002
4.17 | 599 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.37 | 455 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.38 | 188 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.71 | 133 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.44 | 183 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.48 | 83 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.47 | 78 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.28 | 153 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.88 | 82 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.64 | 83 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001
4.77 | 22 ratings
Camel At The Royal Albert Hall
2020

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.62 | 50 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.53 | 125 ratings
Coming of Age (DVD)
1998
2.96 | 30 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.97 | 53 ratings
Footage
2004
3.84 | 40 ratings
Footage II
2005
4.02 | 50 ratings
Total Pressure - Live In Concert 1984
2007
3.93 | 62 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.40 | 85 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst
2010
4.42 | 43 ratings
In From The Cold
2014
4.37 | 31 ratings
Ichigo Ichie - Live in Japan 2016
2017
4.94 | 36 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
2019

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.31 | 22 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.28 | 23 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.68 | 34 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.72 | 13 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.45 | 67 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.49 | 13 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
3.92 | 39 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
3.16 | 6 ratings
Supertwister - Best
2006
3.97 | 47 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973-1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 36 ratings
Never Let Go
1973
4.56 | 16 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
3.68 | 15 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
3.98 | 31 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.65 | 21 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
4.20 | 10 ratings
Breathless
1978
4.00 | 6 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
4.67 | 3 ratings
Some Exerpts From The New Camel Album
1979
3.20 | 5 ratings
Remote Romance
1979
4.00 | 5 ratings
Remote Romance (German Version)
1979
5.00 | 3 ratings
Camel In Concert No.250
1981
3.88 | 8 ratings
Lies
1981
3.67 | 9 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
4.13 | 8 ratings
Selva
1982
3.24 | 10 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
2.62 | 9 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
3.25 | 4 ratings
Berlin Occidental (West Berlin)
1984
3.60 | 5 ratings
Lies (Promo Single)
1984
4.43 | 7 ratings
Captured
1986
4.58 | 29 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.41 | 2869 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by TheMIDIWizard

4 stars Oh Camel, where do i start? These guys are great, and they definitely prove it with their second album Mirage. Now in my personal opinion, i don't think this is the best album Camel has made. But i still consider it a Prog Rock Classic.

Freefall is a simple but catchy song to kickstart Mirage, and it does show. I do like how Bardens sings in here, it matches pretty well with the instrumental. 3.5/5

Then we get to Supertwister, an interlude song of types. It's another simple song that flows well, and its also pretty relaxing. Of course, don't forget about the coffee sound at the end. Another 3.5/5

And we go now to The White Rider medley. Oh man, where do i start? This is an amazing medley, and it foreshadows the style that Camel was gonna incorporate in their other albums. And for gods sake, the song is a tribute to Lord Of The Rings. That's it, i'm giving it a 4.5/5

Starting off side 2 and we get Earthrise, another really relaxed song, almost sounds like Yes here and there with the synths. So yeah, it's an 4/5

Lady Fantasy starts and you get this incredible high-pitch synth, and this song let's you know "this is gonna get real". And this is not gonna be a surprise to anyone, but this song is a prog rock classic. It's a beautiful song about the titular Lady Fantasy and how the narrator tries to get her, and do i really need to explain anymore? I mean, this song is just incredible. 5/5

I reccomend anyone into listening to this record. If you haven't, go for it! You're gonna like it. I can safely say, it's a 4/5.

 Harbour Of Tears by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.75 | 662 ratings

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Harbour Of Tears
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by TheMIDIWizard

4 stars 8.4/10 For some odd reason, something lured me into listening to this album. Maybe it was of the concept? I don't know. But i can safely say, it was worth the listening.

This is nothing that Camel has done yet. We know this band for their prog rock albums like Mirage, The Snow Goose and Moonmadness, but this is unique in its style, and in a good way!

Harbour Of Tears tells the story of an irish family and how their kids we're painfully separated so they can have a better future in the USA. And oh boy when i say its emotional, its very emotional.

All of the tracks have this irish folk influence that greatly goes with the prog rock sound of the album, also cause you know. It goes with the concept!

My only gripe is that some tracks go too long in some cases, but it's still a very minor problem.

And The Hour Candle. What can i say? Its a beautiful track that ends with the sounds of tidal waves from an ocean, a perfect way to end this album.

So yeah i love this record, and i would say you should give it a try if you like to listen to new exotic folkloric styles from other countries!

 I Can See Your House From Here by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.92 | 755 ratings

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I Can See Your House From Here
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

3 stars Review #131

"I can see your house from here" was released in 1979 with a new CAMEL line-up that didn't include Richard SINCLAIR, Mel COLLINS, or even Peter BARDENS, only the two Andys remained in this record which was still in the Pop declined kind of album but this album had some songs more similar to earlier records of the band such as "Wait" and "Eye of the storm". The symphonic arrangements in "Who we are", the amazing ten- minute instrumental piece "Ice" (which is probably the greatest song CAMEL ever made after "Moonmadness"), and the beautiful "Hymn to Her" made this album a very interesting work of the commonly considered weakest era in CAMEL's discography.

The eighties was a very uncertain era for Progressive Rock: some of the better bands of the seventies made their less interesting albums in that decade and CAMEL was no exception, so this record from 1979 was a decent closing of the most interesting period of the band. This was slightly better than "Breathless" but not at all indispensable.

SONG RATING: Wait, 4 Your love is stranger than mine, 4 Eye of the storm, 3 Who we are, 3 Survival, 2 Hymn to her, 4 Neon magic, 3 Remote romance, 2 Ice, 5

AVERAGE: 3.33

PERCENTAGE: 66.67

ALBUM RATING: 3 stars

 Breathless by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.17 | 868 ratings

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Breathless
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

2 stars Review #130

"Breathless" is the album that made me start losing interest in CAMEL's discography: probably not their worst record but definitely the first not good one. The songs here are average Pop: "Summer lightning" and "You make me smile" are kind of disco music while tracks as "Wing and prayer" and "Down on the farm" are so lame and forgettable that I have to be listening to them so I can remember what they sound like.

The album is not a total waste: "Echoes" and "The sleeper" are great songs that bring back the sound of the previous (good) albums of CAMEL but in general terms, if you haven't heard this album you're not missing too much and the saddest part is that this album is the beginning of a collection of very lame albums of a band that was amazing in its first records.

SONG RATING: Breathless, 3 Echoes, 4 Wing and prayer, 2 Down on the farm, 2 Starlight ride, 3 Summer lightning, 3 You make me smile, 2 The sleeper, 4 Rainbow's end, 3

AVERAGE: 2.89

PERCENTAGE: 57.78

ALBUM RATING: 2 stars

 Rain Dances by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.64 | 1047 ratings

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Rain Dances
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #129

Two very well-known musicians from the British Progressive Rock Scene became members of CAMEL for the fifth album: Richard SINCLAIR from CARAVAN and Mel COLLINS from KING CRIMSON, the result was an album that even when it has no comparison with the previous records of the band it features very unforgettable songs that have become favorites in the repertoire of the band.

This album includes interesting musical mixtures, going from soft calm songs as "Tell me" to some jazzy moments as "One of these days I'll get an early night" passing through the exquisite "Unevensong" and the joyful "Highways of the Sun"; Doug FERGUSON didn't play in this record and even when Richard SINCLAIR is a great bass player, FERGUSON's absence is notorious, even so, the rest of the members did remarkable performances of their respective instruments.

Nice album, that is undeniable but an indispensable masterpiece? I don't think so, probably a very good chapter of CAMEL's history, but definitely not a MUST-HAVE kind of record. This would probably be more recommended if you like jazzy Canterbury Scene bands from the second half of the seventies as GILGAMESH or SOFT HEAP or if you're a big fan of Pop Rock music.

SONG RATING: First light, 4 Metrognome, 4 Tell me, 4 Highways of the Sun, 4 Unevensong, 5 One of these days I'll get an early night, 3 Elke, 3 Skylines, 5 Rain dances, 3

AVERAGE: 3.89

PERCENTAGE: 77.78

ALBUM RATING: 4 stars

 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.39 | 2448 ratings

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Moonmadness
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #128

CAMEL's fourth album is my personal favorite one, I believe it is here when they reached the peak of their creativity: "Moonmadness" mixed the hard symphonic rock from "Mirage", the softness from "The Snow Goose" and the improvisation from the debut album and took it to the highest level.

The album starts with a short instrumental piece led by Peter BARDENS' keyboards named "Aristillus", it is merely an intro, very joyful I'd say. "Song within a song" is probably the most recognizable song of this record and definitely my favorite one: the melody is very sentimental and the instrumental section ends the song with a very harmonic guitar line, absolutely fantastic. "Chord Change" is a jump to a much more moving song in the beginning, then it changes to a more relaxed section it contains a great keyboard solo approaching the end.

"Spirit of the water" is a short mainly piano-led song, the echoing of the vocals gave this song a very unique touch and it is a great piece for being right in the middle of the album. "Another night" contains some of the most interesting melody changes in the album, great bass-line in here. "Air Born" is filled with beautiful acoustic guitar arrangements in the background while the keyboards and drums have more presence; the bass line is delightful too; the end of this song sounds like the definitive end of the album, fortunately, it is not. "Lunar sea" is almost Space Rock: the resemblance to some ELOY and early PINK FLOYD songs is undeniable; once again, Peter BARDENS' keyboards are the led instrument of the piece while the drums, bass and guitar are accompanying the melody in a wonderful way.

This is one of the most epic albums in Progressive Rock and, if you ask me, this was probably the last CAMEL album containing this kind of excellent composition. This is an obligated stop in every Progressive Rock journey.

SONG RATING: Aristillus, 4 Song within a song, 5 Chord change, 5 Spirit of the water, 5 Another night, 5 Air born, 5 Lunar sea, 5

AVERAGE: 4.86

PERCENTAGE: 97.17

ALBUM RATING: 5 stars

I ranked this album #28 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 The Snow Goose by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.30 | 2443 ratings

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The Snow Goose
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #127

"The Snow Goose" is a whole instrumental work built over 16 short songs. It has become one of the most beloved albums in CAMEL's discography. The mixture of Rock, Classical, and a little bit of Jazz music made this album an exquisite piece. The songs go from jazzy and almost Canterbury Scene stylized songs to very relaxed and slow pieces. Most of the time, it contains very melodic and symphonic music but also a subtle powerful rock once in a while. Andrew LATIMER played some of his best guitar solos while Peter BARDENS filled the albums with the most creative organ and piano lines ("Fritha alone" is one of the most beautiful piano songs I've ever heard and lasts less than two minutes).

The orchestral arrangements this album contains are majestic, I can find this kind of albums in very few albums, the ones that I like the most are this album and THE MOODY BLUES' "Days of future passed" (both labeled by DECCA. Even in Progressive Rock, total instrumental albums were not very common; the only use of human voice is the vocalizing in "Migration", further than that the album is completely instrumental, so this was a very different record if we compare it with the rest of the CAMEL albums released before and after this one. The vibe on this album is almost ambient music; highly recommended album for those who enjoy instrumental and relaxing rock albums.

SONG RATING: The great marsh, 4 Rhayader, 5 Rhayader goes to town, 5 Sanctuary, 5 Fritha, 5 The Snow Goose, 5 Friendship, 4 Migration, 4 Rhayader alone, 4 Flight of the Snow Goose, 5 Preparation, 4 Drunkirk, 5 Epitaph, 4 Fritha alone, 5 La Princesse Perdue, 5 The great marsh (reprise), 3

AVERAGE: 4.5

PERCENTAGE: 90

ALBUM RATING: 5 stars

 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.41 | 2869 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

5 stars Review #126

"Mirage" is one of those records that I don't listen to very often but when I do I got amazed once as if it was the very first time. After the experimental debut album, the second LP showed a huge improvement: the compositions are longer and with much more rehearsed instrumental sections and that gave this album a higher level of quality for Progressive Rock standards.

"Freefall" is a great opening and it has become one of the most popular songs in CAMEL's catalog: a very powerful piece with amazing instrumentation, being one of the shorter songs on the album it contains some of the most concise moments of the record. "Supertwister" is the song that I like the less, also the shortest and the most forgettable; not a bad song but probably it would have fit better in the first record. The three movements' piece "Nimrodel/The procession/The white rider" is one of the most epic suits of Progressive Rock and it lasts no longer than 10 minutes.

"Earthrise" is instrumental, it reminds me a lot of FOCUS but with a very British essence. The album ends with the magnificent "Lady fantasy" which is probably the greatest song they ever made: divided into three pieces, this suite starts with a very sensual and hypnotic entrance: "Encounter" followed by the frenetic instrumental part "Smiles for you" contains a very recognizable guitar solo and it changes to a more relaxed section with slower drums and a great acoustic guitar arrangement in the background, the third and last part is the homonymous "Lady fantasy" which is the perfect way of closing the song: the most aggressive and powerful rock section they ever played in all of their records.

Absolutely indispensable, "Mirage" is one of those "I must have" records.

SONG RATING: Freefall, 5 Supertwister, 4 Nimrodel/The procession/The white rider, 5 Earthrise, 5 Lady fantasy, 5

AVERAGE: 4.8

PERCENTAGE: 96

ALBUM RATING: 5 stars

I ranked this album #45 on my top 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

 Camel by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.95 | 1404 ratings

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Camel
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Uruk_hai

4 stars Review #125

The first time I listened to CAMEL it was the compilation album "Echoes", and the first song on the first CD is "Never let go", then we get "Freefall" and "Lady Fantasy" from "Mirage" and "Rhayader/Rhayader goes to town" from "The snow goose" and then other songs from the following albums of the band, but no song on that compilation captured my attention more than "Never let go", that's why I thought "Camel" would be my favorite record by the homonymous band but actually is very far for being one of my favorites since the other six songs it contains are barely interesting and fall in the "everything-sounds-the-same" kind of record.

As a debut album, CAMEL made a remarkable album, it is not very common that the first record of a band is their best work, and if you compare this album with some other Progressive Rock gems from 1973 such as PINK FLOYD's "The dark side of the Moon", GENESIS' "Selling Egland by the pound" or KING CRIMSON's "Larks' tongues in aspic" this album looks like a very small dot.

Another great piece of this record is the closing one "Arubaluba", which is a great instrumental piece with a very intense rhythm and very interesting spacey keyboards played by Peter BARDENS. The other songs are good but not very memorable, it is a nice record to play on a Saturday evening while doing the dishes or laundry but not an essential masterpiece.

SONG RATING: Slow yourself down, 4 Mystic Queen, 4 Six ate, 4 Separation, 4 Never let go, 5 Curiosity, 4 Arubaluba, 5

AVERAGE: 4.29

PERCENTAGE: 85.71

ALBUM RATING: 4 stars

 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.39 | 2448 ratings

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Moonmadness
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by camelisawesome

5 stars Alright, as my username suggests, Camel is awesome! I believe a prog collection isn't a collection without this album. To those of you who want to start getting into prog, you should know, for some it is an acquired taste. So if you want to get into prog, but you've maybe tried some albums and you didn't like them, don't worry! I first listened to this and the snow goose, a while back. To be honest, it was a bit creepy, all those melancholic sounds. So I listened to the later stuff like I can see your house from here and Breathless, and it was like "Hey, this is pretty good." As you all know those are some of they're worst albums, because of pressure to make hits, but hey, if they didn't exist, I might not be here reviewing this album now! But then I listened to Moonmadness again, and something just clicked. It's hard to explain, it was just like all of the sudden "I get it now!" So if your new, I'd try something a bit lighter like Breathless, just to ease yourself into this album. But if you've been a fan of prog for years you should have no problem getting right into the best of Camels discography.
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